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Nontraditional exercises

There are many alternatives to traditional exercise. Choose an exercise program that fits into your lifestyle and one that offers health benefits.

The physical exercise of Yoga is a healthy alternative to more traditional means of exercise. It combines low-impact exercise with stretching and breathing to relax the body. Yoga is different from most other forms of exercise in that it is not concerned with how many repetitions are performed or how well a person performs a particular exercise. Instead, yoga focuses your attention on how your body is structured and how to move without aggravating an injury or causing pain. It teaches you to breathe properly and to integrate breathing with positions of the body. You don't strain or force your body when doing yoga, but rather gently stretch various muscles. It feels terrific! It improves your strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that involves slow, smooth, and fluid movements. It emphasizes diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing. It's great for those who suffer from arthritis and other physical problems. Tai Chi movements help to improve muscle mass, strength, and flexibility, among its other many health benefits. Tai Chi lowers stress hormones, increases energy, and helps clear the mind. You can do it at any age, even if you have a chronic disease or health problem. t calms the mind, promotes flexibility, and exercises and tones the body, including the cardiovascular system.

Pilates exercises were developed by Joseph Pilates in the early twentieth century. Pilates also involves low-intensity exercise with stretching. Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and form. Pilates believed that mental health and physical health were essential to one another. He created what is claimed to be a method of total body awareness, energy, and improved mental concentration. It helps to reduce stress, increase flexibility and tone muscles.

Ballroom dancing is a fun way to exercise without feeling as if you are exercising. It provides most benefits of aerobic exercise without the feeling that you are exercising. Ballroom dancing can help you develop coordination, balance, and rhythm. It offers an opportunity for creative expression and social interaction. It is low impact aerobic exercise that uses the large muscle groups of the body. It can be done for 30 minutes or for an entire evening. It's a great way for couples to reconnect and spend time together.

Whatever exercise routine you choose make it one with health benefits and make it fun.

Web posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010

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